much better than earlier today when about 8 to 10 inches of wet, heavy snow came down. made things very difficult for the snowplows. we saw a lot of snowplows get struck today. the department of ed transportation put two in the ditch and flipped some over. working to keep roads clear because another round of bad weather is expected for tomorrow. shep? >> shepard: are they making progress on power outages there, mike? >> yeah. you know, they are. as we look across the street, can you see these trees. this is that wet, heavy snow that sticks to the trees, weighs the branches down and gets them into the power lines a lot of people without power but they are down to the number of 27,000 people without power. that's down from upwards of 40 earlier in the day, shep. >> shepard: mike tobin live in kansas city. a frantic distress call to the coast guard. sailboat sinking off the coast of california. the father said he was with two young children. and they were abandoning. now, the question: was the whole thing a hoax?